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Why You Should Never Represent Yourself in a Criminal Case

Posted by Michael G. Butash | Nov 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Facing criminal charges can be a hard time for anyone regardless if they are innocent or guilty. Regardless of the evidence, everybody is entitled to a chance at defending themselves in court as it is our basic right. But some individuals choose to represent themselves alone instead of hiring the experience and expertise of a criminal defense attorney. Tampa residents who are faced with a criminal charge should defend themselves alone unless they have a clear understanding of Criminal laws and courtroom customs and proceedings. No one is forced to face a criminal case alone, and they should utilize the extra help because there are many benefits of having an attorney.

Criminal Defense Attorneys Know the Criminal Law System

Many individuals who choose to represent themselves lack a sufficient understanding of Criminal Law and the criminal justice system. It is already hard enough that someone has to fight criminal allegations, but now a person representing themselves has to know how a court room works; some people who choose to represent themselves are unaware of how a trail works! In a circumstance like this, an individual is almost certain to lose their case without proper representation by a criminal defense attorney. Tampa residents would feel better knowing that they have a person representing them that makes it their daily job to be well versed in laws and legal proceedings.

Prosecutors are Notoriously Harsh of Defendants

No matter the criminal charge or if you are guilty or not, Prosecutors are known to particularly tough on criminal defendants. Criminal attorneys will protect you against brutal prosecutors and heavy penalties by ensuring that you are acquitted of false charges. If you are found guilty or plead for the same, they make sure of protecting you against unfair sentencing. With a criminal Defense Attorney, Tampa residents who are proven guilty of criminal crime will have a much more appropriate sentencing.

*Disclaimer: The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Butash Law Group*

About the Author

Michael G. Butash

Michael G. Butash Stetson University College of Law Florida State University Former State Prosecutor Mike grew up in the Tampa Bay area and graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1997. He was immediately hired as an Assistant State Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit (Pinellas/...


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